Walgreens and iTriage create nationwide mobile appointment scheduling app for Healthcare Clinic
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens, located at more than 400 Walgreens stores nationwide, and iTriage, a rapidly growing consumer healthcare technology company, on Wednesday announced the launch of a nationwide mobile appointment scheduling app. The expanded free mobile service, previously piloted in Denver and Chicago, is now available to patients in Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens markets across the U.S.
“We are always looking for innovative ways to help our patients better manage their health, and by enhancing access to information and appointments iTriage furthers this goal,” Heather Helle, divisional VP for Walgreens Consumer Solutions Group said. “As Healthcare Clinic continues to expand services and serve as an entry point for many into the health care system, it’s critical to leverage the latest technology, especially mobile, as a tool to help our patients get, stay and live well.”
Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens appointment setting is available for free across all iTriage platforms and online at iTriageHealth.com. Along with booking an appointment at a Healthcare Clinic, users can identify symptoms and learn associated conditions, as well as treatments options.
“The nationwide integration of iTriage appointment setting across Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens locations offers a simpler and comprehensive way for Walgreens shoppers and the surrounding communities to obtain care,” Peter Hudson, CEO iTriage said. “As more people look to their mobile phones for guidance on health care needs, adopting the mobile appointment setting for Healthcare Clinic at select Walgreens will further empower our users to make effective and beneficial health care decisions.”
Appointment setting through iTriage is fully integrated, so patients will not simply be requesting an appointment, but actually booking one. They will receive an immediate confirmation expediting the appointment process and increasing efficiency.
Kroger announces succession plan for secretary and general counsel
CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced its succession plan for secretary and general counsel.
Paul Heldman, 62, a 31-year Kroger veteran who has been serving as the company’s general counsel since 1989, secretary since 1992, and EVP since 2006, will retire in the spring of 2014.
"Paul’s contributions to our company during his 31-year career are quite remarkable," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "He has been a trusted advisor and exceptional leader, providing outstanding guidance for our leadership team when we needed it most. We wish Paul, his wife Debbie and their family all the best."
Christine Wheatley, 42, Kroger’s VP, senior counsel and assistant secretary, will be named secretary and general counsel, effective upon the retirement of Heldman next year. The company expects its board to elect Wheatley secretary and general counsel at a future board meeting.
Heldman, a graduate of Boston University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, joined Kroger in 1982 as an attorney in the company’s law department, where he focused on labor and employment law. He held leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including senior counsel, assistant secretary, VP, group VP and SVP before assuming his current roles.
As general counsel, Heldman worked alongside other leaders to help Kroger avoid a leveraged buyout attempt in 1988 and to implement a restructuring and recapitalization effort that allowed Kroger to remain a public company while rewarding shareholders and expanding the availability of stock options to associates; and he was a key leader on the team that executed Kroger’s merger with Fred Meyer in 1999, Kroger reported.
Heldman is also a member of the board of directors of CenterBank, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy and the Ohio Innocence Project; and he serves as a trustee for the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.
Wheatley, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, joined Kroger in 2008 as corporate counsel. She became senior counsel in 2011 and VP in 2012. Before joining Kroger, Wheatley was engaged in the private practice of law for 11 years, most recently as a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur in Cincinnati.
"Christine has been instrumental in leading Kroger’s business law group as well as the company’s legal affairs," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. "Her passion and dedication to our company is evident in all that she does, and she will be a great asset to our senior leadership team. We thank Paul for his many years of dedicated service and for developing such a strong succession plan."
As secretary and general counsel, Wheatley will report directly to McMullen, who will become Kroger’s CEO in January.
Grumpy Cat-themed odor-elimination solution introduced
LOS ANGELES — Feline Internet celebrity Grumpy Cat is the mascot for a new pet odor-eliminating product from Accuy Natural Solutions, the company said.
Grumpty Cat’s Odor Eliminator uses a liquid extract from the Yucca schidigera plant to remove odors, binding to any form of ammonia-based odors, particularly cat urine, and converting ammonia to ammonium, a non-toxic form of ammonia that lacks its odor.
"Even though Grumpy Cat won’t show it, we’re excited to align with Accuy Natural Solutions to release a product that is not only extremely effective, but also organic, natural and safe for consumers as well as their pets," Grumpy Cat owner Bryan Bundesen said.